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Heffernan, Emma Dr

Senior Lecturer Architectural Engineering

  • Academic Group Member - Sustainable Buildings Research Centre
  • Committee Member - School of Civil Mining and Environmental Engineering

Overview


Dr Emma Heffernan is a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Engineering in the School of Civil Mining and Environmental Engineering.

Emma previously worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre as part of the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing. Emma worked within a team of researchers developing a prototype for sustainable mid-rise residential buildings utilising cold-formed steel. The project sought to identify sustainable solutions for mid-rise residential buildings in order to respond to Australian trends in densification of urban areas.

Emma is a UK registered Architect with over a decade of experience of working in architectural practice in the UK. She holds a Bachelor of Architectural Design and Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture from the University of Brighton, Masters in Urban Design from the University of the West of England, and PhD in Architecture, Design and Environment from Plymouth University. Emma’s PhD research investigated the delivery of zero carbon homes in the UK context and explored the potential for alternative forms of housing delivery to promote sustainable communities. Her research interests include energy efficient design in residential buildings, sustainable communities, sustainable construction, building energy modelling and climate change adaptation.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Research interests:
    • Energy efficient design in residential buildings including the affordable, rental, and private sectors;
    • Passive design strategies;
    • Sustainable communities, including intentional communities and holiday communities and their environmental footprint;
    • Building energy regulations, standards, and rating schemes;
    • Building energy modelling;
    • Climate change adaptation and building upgrades/retrofits.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Sustainability Upgrades of Small Commercial and Retail Buildings in Regional Centres
    Doctor of Philosophy Loadbearing Cold-Formed Steel for Mid-Rise Residential Buildings in Australia Franklin, Nicholas
    Doctor of Philosophy Thermal behavior of the “Desert Rose House 2018” in a defined climatic zone depending on varied wall and roof constructions Thim, Jacqueline

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Architecture, Design & Environment, Plymouth University, School of Architecture, Design & Environment, Delivering zero carbon homes and sustainable communities: The potential of group self-build housing in England 2012 - 2015
  • M.A. in Urban Design, University of the West of England, Faculty of the Built Environment 2007 - 2011
  • University of Brighton, UK, School of Architecture & Interiors 1998 - 2000
  • B.A. in Architectural Design, University of Brighton, UK, School of Architecture & Interiors 1994 - 1997

Teaching Overview


  • Emma has experience of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the UK. She has lectured on a range of subjects across degrees in architecture and construction. Emma's teaching has included Architectural Design within a design studio, lectures and tutorials in Building Surveying and Construction Management, and seminars and workshops as module group leader in History and Theory of Architecture.

    At the University of Wollongong, Emma has supervised a number of Honours thesis students (ENGG452). She has also assisted with the assessment of oral presentations for Professional Options.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Research interests:
    • Energy efficient design in residential buildings including the affordable, rental, and private sectors;
    • Passive design strategies;
    • Sustainable communities, including intentional communities and holiday communities and their environmental footprint;
    • Building energy regulations, standards, and rating schemes;
    • Building energy modelling;
    • Climate change adaptation and building upgrades/retrofits.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Sustainability Upgrades of Small Commercial and Retail Buildings in Regional Centres
    Doctor of Philosophy Loadbearing Cold-Formed Steel for Mid-Rise Residential Buildings in Australia Franklin, Nicholas
    Doctor of Philosophy Thermal behavior of the “Desert Rose House 2018” in a defined climatic zone depending on varied wall and roof constructions Thim, Jacqueline

Education And Training


  • Ph.D. in Architecture, Design & Environment, Plymouth University, School of Architecture, Design & Environment, Delivering zero carbon homes and sustainable communities: The potential of group self-build housing in England 2012 - 2015
  • M.A. in Urban Design, University of the West of England, Faculty of the Built Environment 2007 - 2011
  • University of Brighton, UK, School of Architecture & Interiors 1998 - 2000
  • B.A. in Architectural Design, University of Brighton, UK, School of Architecture & Interiors 1994 - 1997

Teaching Overview


  • Emma has experience of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the UK. She has lectured on a range of subjects across degrees in architecture and construction. Emma's teaching has included Architectural Design within a design studio, lectures and tutorials in Building Surveying and Construction Management, and seminars and workshops as module group leader in History and Theory of Architecture.

    At the University of Wollongong, Emma has supervised a number of Honours thesis students (ENGG452). She has also assisted with the assessment of oral presentations for Professional Options.
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